Merseyrail has announced that two new lifts have been installed at Meols station to help improve accessibility.
The £2.2 million project was funded through the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Access for All programme.
The new lifts offer step-free access at the station and make it easier to reach the platforms for passengers travelling via Meols.
The lifts were unveiled on Friday 28 February by Meols station volunteers Friends of Hoylake and Meols in Bloom. Wirral Mayor Tony Smith along with Merseyrail Managing Director Andy Heath were also present.
The work on the lifts will go alongside the new trains with a sliding step, which will be introduced in 2020. Click here to read more about the new Merseyrail trains
From 2020, more lifts will be installed at Hillside, Hunts Cross, St Michaels and Birkenhead Park.
What did the officials say?
Andy Heath, Managing Director for Merseyrail, said:
“The introduction of new lifts at Meols station adds to our credentials as one of the most accessible rail networks in the UK and forms a key part of a broader programme of accessibility work including the roll-out of the new fleet of trains later this year.
“It’s fantastic to be able to offer lifts at Meols station that will significantly improve the experience of our customers with mobility needs and those travelling with young children or luggage.
“Ensuring the people of the Liverpool City Region can use our trains and travel with ease is of paramount importance, and providing an accessible rail service helps us to achieve this.”
Cllr Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Transport Portfolio Holder said:
“It’s great that we can now offer step free access for those who may have formerly been put off using the station because of mobility problems, or by having to manoeuvre pushchairs and prams on the stairs.
“We are committed to encouraging people to use the train and to reduce their carbon footprint, and these lifts, coupled with the roll out of our new fully accessible trains from later this year, will make it easier for more people to use Meols station.”
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